Composer

Vincent Ho

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a multi-award winning composer

His works have been described as “brilliant and compelling” by The New York Times and hailed for their profound expressiveness and textural beauty, leaving audiences talking about them with great enthusiasm. His many awards have included Harvard University’s Fromm Music Commission, The Canada Council for the Arts’ “Robert Fleming Prize”, ASCAP’s “Morton Gould Young Composer Award”, four SOCAN Young Composers Awards, and CBC Radio’s Audience Choice Award (2009 Young Composers’ Competition).

Born in Ottawa, Ontario in 1975, Vincent Ho began his musical training through Canada’s Royal Conservatory of Music where he received his Associate Diploma in Piano Performance. He gained his Bachelor of Music from the University of Calgary, his Master of Music from the University of Toronto, and his Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Southern California. While still an undergraduate student, Ho was awarded a scholarship to attend the Schola Cantorum Summer Composition Program in Paris, France, where he received tuition from Juilliard School of Music and the Paris Conservatoire tutors. His mentors have included Allan Bell, David Eagle, Christos Hatzis, Walter Buczynski, and Stephen Hartke. In 1997, he was awarded a scholarship to attend the Schola Cantorum Summer Composition Program in Paris, where he received further training in analysis, composition, counterpoint, and harmony, supervised by David Diamond, Philip Lasser, and Narcis Bonet.

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Arctic Symphony

I. Prelude – Lamentations, II. Meditation, III. Aboard the Amundsen IV. Nightfall, V. O Glorious Arcticus – Postlude.

City Suite: Concerto for Amplified Cello and Orchestra

I. Dusk, II. Overdrive, III. Nighthawks, IV. New Dawn.

Dragon Realms

This piece represents my initial efforts in bridging Eastern and Western musical styles (a reflection of my own bi-cultural background).

Earthbeat

Earthbeat was written as the last movement of the “True North: Symphonic Ballet”, commissioned by the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra to celebrate Canada’s 150th Anniversary.

Fallen Angel: In Memoriam Richard D’Amore

This work was inspired by the photo print, Eagle and Nude, taken by American photographer, Richard D’Amore.

Four Paintings By Leestemaker

I first came across Luc Leestemaker’s works in 2002 while visiting my girlfriend in Edmonton, Alberta.

Nostalgia

Nostalgia, originally from movement II of The Shaman, a concerto for percussion and orchestra, has been arranged here for solo vibraphone.

Program Notes

For flute & piano

Postlude: Song of Hope

Postlude was commissioned by the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra to celebrate the opening of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights.

From Darkness to Light: A Spiritual Journey

In the winter of 2011, a dear friend of mine from Los Angeles, Luc Leestemaker (a talented painter and brilliant entrepreneur), was diagnosed with cancer.

Arctic Symphony by vincet ho

I. Prelude – Lamentations
II. Meditation
III. Aboard the Amundsen
IV. Nightfall
V. O Glorious Arcticus – Postlude